Dear Colleagues

Do you know that all vets may in the near future require a licence to compound and/or dispense veterinary medicines?

This change is within the context of the Act 14 of 2015 Medicines and Related Substances Amendment Act where on page 10 Section 22C 1(a) veterinarians are also included within the scope of healthcare practitioners required to obtain dispensing and compounding licenses from the Director General of Health and the draft medicine regulations in Section 18(1) pages 26 and 27 of the link below for licence to compound and dispense medicines.

http://www.gov.za/sites/www.gov.za/files/40577_gon50.pdf

Our profession should respond as vehemently as possible to emphasize that dispensing is an essential requirement in veterinary practice and that vets often compound for specific patients.

Such regulations would therefore have a significantly negative impact on our profession and patients. It is absolutely crucial that we as a profession give our comments.

The specific proposed amendment is in conflict with its own Act, specifically Section 22A of Act 101/1965 where vets are excluded from the requirements of dispensing and compounding licenses.

It is also in conflict with the provisions of Section 34 of the Veterinary and Para-veterinary Professions Act 19 of 1982 for compounding and dispensing.

The Medicines Committee (MEDCO) would like to submit a response and comments on behalf of all the SAVA Groups and SAVA vets to the Director-General of Health.

Please can we therefore ask you to  urgently complete the questionnaire by clicking on the LINK pertaining to how often compounding takes place at your practice as well as specific examples of how curtailing of dispensing and compounding will negatively affect your practice and patients.

Please will you submit the completed questionnaire to vethouse@sava.co.za by Monday 13 March 2017.

The deadline for comment to the DG of Health is Monday 27 March and we would like to collate all the inputs received as soon as possible so as to submit an effective and well-worded response in time for the deadline.

We would be most grateful for your co-operation in this matter.

Kind regards

The Medicines Committee (MEDCO)